In case you missed all of the headlines, the San Antonio Spurs BTHO the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ok they really didn’t beat the hell out of OKC because it went to overtime and the final ended up being 112-107, but the whole series did have a BTHO them. Each of the other games had been qualified blow-outs.
Doing more “city things” since I was in town for the weekend, I met up with Mary and some of her friends at Cover 3. Highly recommend this place. They had great service, food and drinks! Not to mention the atmosphere was pretty great considering we were the youngest by a decade or so. Well after the final buzzer had sounded we took some celebratory shots and went on our way to one of Mary’s friend’s house to play some Cards Against Humanity. After a couple more hours of fun and talking sports I headed home. I set some alarms and realized if I wanted to go to church I would only get three and a half hours of sleep!
Not to worry though, I woke myself up at 7:30, made a pot of coffee, showered and continued to get ready. And I was out of the door with plenty of time to spare. :) And I took a picture to prove it!
I knew my mother would maybe not believe that I got myself up after such a thrilling game. Especially, since she knew I was out watching the game in town! But there is something though that both her and dad have instilled in me, it’s that no matter how late or fun of a night you’ve had, church is always going to be there in the morning.
Even when we wouldn’t get home from D’Hanis past 1:30 in the morning, we would still be in our pew at church before 8. Maybe not the most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but there and awake.
So there I went to St. Matthew’s Catholic Church over off of Wurzbach Parkway, Sunday morning with 3½ hours of sleep and a hot shower under my belt. Ok I wore a dress and no belt but you get the picture! I have attended mass here several times and I have to say it is one of my favorites in town.
Although, I will say, I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to the way the pews are organized. And it really bothers be in this church, but I love that there are a ton of older people and the priests are interesting and easy to understand. One of my favorite things about this church is that before every mass that I have gone to, they have a little old lady that leads the parishioners in saying the rosary. There is something that I have always loved about the rosary. I think the tradition, paired with the repetition, keeps your focus inward. I will never get tired of saying the rosary.
One of the prayers that ends the rosary is Hail, Holy Queen. It is a longer prayer that all of my life I had the hardest time saying and memorizing. But during last year’s lent, I made an extra effort to memorize it. And to my surprise before the 40 days were up, I had it down. I would listen to this rosary CD I have in my car and put that prayer on repeat until I thought I had a part. Then I would recite it as far as I could then listen and practice the rest. I did this over and over, just as you would to memorize a song, until I felt confident. And you know what? I still have it memorized, and in times of need, it is my go to prayer in times of need, along with my St. Therese of Liseux Prayer.
But anyway, Sunday’s sermon was particularly good. Father Dennis told of a story that had been written by Bob Perks. You can read it in its entirety here. But in short it is about a father’s tradition passed onto him from his parents and from him to his daughter: “I wish you enough.” Read through the short little story. It will help put this modern day world into prospective.
But here is the poem:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.
So with that my friends, I hope you have a blessed day and I wish you enough.